Family: Atractaspididae (African burrowing snakes)

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Genera native to southern Africa

Atractaspis (burrowing asps)

None of the species in this Genus should be handled due to the unique position of their fangs.

Atractaspis bibronii (Southern stiletto snake)

Aparallactus (centipede eaters)

Centipedes are the primary prey of this genus.

Aparallactus capensis (Black-headed centipede eater)

Macrelaps (Natal black snake)

One species: Macrelaps microlepidotus (Natal black snake)


Amblyodipsas (purple-glossed snakes)

All members of this genus burrow underground.

Amblyodipsas polylepis (Common purple-glossed snake)

Chilorhinophis (black and yellow burrowing snake)

One species: Chilorhinophis gerardi (Gerard's black and yellow burrowing snake).


Xenocalamus (quill-snouted snakes)

Identified by their unique quill-shaped head.

Xenocalamus bicolour (Bicoloured Quill-snouted snake)


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